WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today announced that the YouthBuild program in Gulfport has been awarded more than $1.0 million from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The $1,098,940 Labor Department grant has been awarded to CLIMB Community Development Corp. to operate the Gulfport YouthBuild program, which provides educational and occupational instruction to low-income, at-risk youths. The YouthBuild grant requires a 25 percent nonfederal, matching contributions.

“YouthBuild provides young people with an alternative path for completing their education and learning career skills. The Gulfport program will be able to use this funding to continue its good work on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” said Cochran, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The YouthBuild eligible youth education assistance to earn their GED while also gaining construction and other skills that can lead to employment opportunities. Participants can also earn an AmeriCorps education award for post-secondary schooling.

The Gulfport award is one of 77 programs in 35 states to receive FY2016 funding. YouthBuild programs in the United States are operated by autonomous non-profit or public entities, which are required to secure nonfederal public or private funding.

Cochran serves on the Senate appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Labor Department. In early June, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $84.5 million for the national YouthBuild in FY2017.